PVD offers environmentally safe, lifetime protection. This means no need for daily cleaning, and less wear and tear on your product. Before PVD’s time, electroplating utilizing brass, nickel, and gold finishes were then covered with a temporary clear coat. But over time, this clear coat corrodes and tarnishes. Now, with PVD, this is a problem of the past.
The brilliance with PVD is that there are no finishing coats required. It does not scratch or chip, and it is four times harder than chrome. We think of diamonds as hard, everlasting material. PVD is only second to the hardness of diamonds.
Some benefits of PVD technology:
• Resistant to just about everything: wear and tear, corrosion, chemicals
• Impressive decorative finish
• Extremely adhesive
• Uniform finish
• Will not fade
In addition to these benefits, PVD maintenance is incredibly simple. All it requires is a soft cloth with mild soap and water. That’s it. Other harsh products or scouring pads are not recommended.
Different, unique colors can also be produced with PVD coatings, depending on the evaporated metal and the mixture of reactive gases.
Tones that can be produced with PVD coatings include:
• Gray or Black
All of these can come in a polished, satin, or matte finish.
So why wouldn’t PVD coatings be right for your industry?
Chrome plated materials and stainless steel work best with PVD coatings. If the material we are working with is not electroplated, then the PVD coating can be applied directly to titanium alloys and graphite.
Substrates such as bearing steels, titanium or aluminum alloys can be coated with PVD because it can be deposited at temperatures below 500 degrees C. This is not possible using chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Polymers can even be coated because the PVD coating temperature can be reduced to such a low level.